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The House of the Wicked (a psychological thriller combining mystery, murder, crime and suspense) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1931 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006RKRKKA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,257 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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D. M. Mitchell has been compared to Ruth Rendell, Martina Cole, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Linwood Barclay, Dickens and even the Bronte sisters! This wide array of writing styles is appropriate - though Mitchell is known for his psychological thrillers, he is determined that each of them will be different, so they might be set in different eras, may be straightforward thrillers or have a supernatural or horror twist, and he avoids like the plague the standard and unimaginative serial killer format! You'll find he uses different styles of writing to suit different types of books - it also keeps him from getting bored...

D. M. Mitchell was born into a small mining community in Yorkshire, England. His career advisor said he had two options - go down the mines or become a policeman. Being scared of the dark and never having much meat on his bones, he declined both and in his early years bounced like a pinball from job to job - warehouses, cinema projectionist, market trader, salesman - you get the picture. He sort of made a success of himself and now lives in a money-pit of a cottage in a tiny village in the cream tea heart of the South West of England.

His first remembered attempt at pushing the boundaries of creative writing was during a school lesson at the age of nine. Titled simply 'Rain' his proud masterpiece began with 'It started to rain' then there followed eight pages of nothing but the words 'pitter-patter', concluding with 'and then it stopped'. It was handed over and duly reviewed by his brick wall of a teacher, whose eyebrows flickered up and down ominously, his cheeks flushing bright red, before declaring it total rubbish. He tore it up into ribbons, showered him with his first, and no doubt only tickertape ceremony, and gave him a meaty slap around the head (they could do that sort of thing in 1967). He made him write 'I will not write stupid things for eight pages' for eight pages. Thus he learnt a number of valuable early lessons - the meaning of irony, writing is very subjective, everyone's a critic, and no-one likes a smart-arse.

He persevered, his first novel appearing in 1986 and disappearing into the attic the same year. It's still up there. Many manuscripts later he used to save the piles of rejection slips to paper his bare walls. So the adage is, keep at it, in these times of economic depression you'll soon have the house fully redecorated. Nowadays, writing is the one thing he feels totally comfortable with, except perhaps for a cup of Horlicks on a cold winter's night when the rain goes pitter-patter against the window panes (there it is again...).

Characterisation is an important and noticeable aspect of all Mitchell's novels. It allows him to be whoever he wants to be when he gets fed up of being himself, which is quite often. So too is a sense of mystery and the exploration of the darker side to humanity. There are always strong elements of a complex puzzle to be solved in a D M Mitchell novel, many disparate parts ultimately coming together, tragedy and comedy sitting side by side. As in life, nothing is as it first seems. He takes a keen interest in history, a thread which runs through his writing, whether it's the 1960s or 1970s, as in 'Max' and 'Pressure Cooker', or the Victorian 1880s, as in 'The House of the Wicked'.

His favourite novelists include Barry Unsworth, Thomas Hardy, John Steinbeck and Graham Swift. Top two favourite historical books: Culloden, by John Prebble and The Face of Battle by John Keegan. He also collects first edition novels and takes a keen interest in anything old, tatty and in need of love and restoration. His wife says he needs to get out more.

He has three grown children and also enjoys photography, painting and walking the Blackdown Hills with his wife and an overly excitable Border Terrier - or is that an overly-excitable wife and a Border Terrier... One of the two.

He'd like to thank his growing legion of fans for allowing him to practice being a writer and sharing in his strange and lurid imaginings.

The story 'Rain' has not yet been made available on Kindle...



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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ros Seddon on May 15, 2012
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I loved this book. The author takes us back to nineteenth century Britain to Porthgarrow, a beautiful Cornish cove ravaged by a raging sea where ancient beliefs and folklore still preside over common sense and reason; where every man, woman and child live in fear of the spirit of Baccan. Denning and his friend, Wilkinson are artists; both great characters. We follow them through a superbly written veil of mystery and misadventure. Mitchell's descriptions are so vivid and colourful he really brings his characters and surroundings to life. The twists and turns are completely unexpected and by the time I got half way through the book I felt like I'd lived in Porthgarrow and knew all the people. It was captivating and I just didn't want it to end. Now I HAVE to buy `Max'!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By soncerat on April 19, 2012
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This book went on and on with the descriptions! The writer gets an 'A' for setting the stage and being descriptive enough to help you imagine you're seeing the surroundings while the story unfolds, but after a while it became too much and I just wanted the book to be done.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nancy or Rich on December 13, 2012
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I found this slow going for the first 25 or so pages but I'm glad I stayed with it. Lots of discription which is an intelligent change from the books I've read that are full of fluff dialogue. There are many twists and turns in the plot that are sometimes a stretch but the good characters pull it off. It was interesting how people believed the legend and rumor rather than the truth. Unfortunately this is often so true in the real world. It was an interesting and well put together read. I enjoyed it. Thanks D. M. Mitchell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paula reader on July 27, 2014
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superb read !
an excellent who done it
I'm proud to say I figured out who did it!
I challenge. all readers to read this novel to see if they to can solve this mystery.
in the style of agatha
Poe Hawthorne and the many pens of Carolyn Keene in. regards to the subject matter set in beautiful England I salute the author!
beautifully written AND highly recommended
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rene A. Branch on March 10, 2013
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This book was very hard to get interested in and understand just what is going on. After the first few chapters, the story takes shape. A small "backwards" village who believes in superstitions and stories from decades before. I will have to say, I was surprised by the ending which made the book worth reading.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jan on March 7, 2012
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I did enjoy this book.I didn't figure out all of the book till the end.I usually like books with a little humor worked in with story,but this is an excellent dark suspense novel. Highly recommend this book. Purchased from Amazon,Kindle ed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 5, 2014
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Excellent plot and plenty of twists and turns that keep you guessing until the end. Intriguing characters and tons of mysteries to figure out.
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By Thelma L. Burrows on October 18, 2014
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My congratulations, Mr. Mitchell on writing a wonderful book. It had a great storyline, lots of twists and turns, believable characters and a fascinating ending.
After reading the first couple of chapters I almost didn't finish this book, but I thought, "I'll read a couple more chapters and see if it improves." From then on it did and I had trouble putting it down, anticipating what might take place next.
If readers want a GOOD read, this is the book for you!!!!!!!!
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